The Almanac

By United Press International  |  Jan. 2, 2005 at 3:30 AM
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Today is Sunday, Jan. 2, the second day of 2005, with 363 to follow.

The moon is waning. The morning stars are Mercury, Pluto, Jupiter, Saturn, Venus and Mars. The evening stars are Uranus and Neptune.

Those born on this date are under the sign of Capricorn. They include Virginia patriot Nathaniel Bacon in 1647; British Gen. James Wolfe, hero of the battle of Quebec in 1727; fan dancer Sally Rand in 1904; author Isaac Asimov in 1920; singer Julius La Rosa in 1930 (age 75) and singer/songwriter Roger Miller in 1936; former televangelist Jim Bakker in 1939 (age 66); actors Tia Carrere in 1967 (age 38) and Cuba Gooding Jr. in 1968 (age 37); and model Christy Turlington in 1969 (age 36).

On this date in history:

In 1788, Georgia ratified the Constitution, the fourth of the original 13 colonies to do so, and was admitted to the union.

In 1811, Sen. Timothy Pickering, a Federalist from Massachusetts, became the first senator to be censured after being accused of violating congressional law by publicly revealing secret documents communicated by the president to the Senate.

In 1942, Japanese forces occupied Manila, forcing U.S. and Philippine forces under Gen. Douglas MacArthur to withdraw to the Bataan peninsula.

In 1959, the Soviet Union launched Lunik-1, the first unmanned spacecraft to travel to the moon.

In 1974, President Nixon signed a bill requiring states to limit highway speeds to 55 mph or lose federal highway funds.

In 1990, elite Soviet interior ministry troops seized buildings in the Baltic republics of Latvia and Lithuania.

Also in 1990, Britain's most wanted terrorist suspect, Patrick Sheehy, was found dead in the Republic of Ireland.

In 2001, President George W. Bush nominated a Democrat to his Cabinet, picking Norman Mineta, President Clinton's commerce secretary, to head the Department of Transportation.

In 2003, a general strike crippled Venezuela and led to violence that claimed two lives and wounded dozens in a Jan. 3 clash.

In 2004, more than 200 people in northern India were reported to have died because of a prolonged cold spell.

Also in 2004, officials in Yakima, Wash., said a third U.S. cow herd had been quarantined for fears of spreading mad cow disease.

A thought for the day: an anonymous saying is, "He who dies with the most toys is, nonetheless, still dead."

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